Whether he was aware of it or not, Aaron Hernandez may have greatly improved his family’s financial situation by committing suicide. In fact, now that the former NFL star is dead, it’s possible that both the league and the New England Patriots could owe the Hernandez family money.

In an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich Show” Wednesday morning, Massachusetts attorney Michael Coyne explained how Hernandez’s family may be entitled to recoup bonus and pension money. As another legal expert explained previously, Hernandez’s death triggered a legal principle in Massachusetts called “abatement ab initio,” which means that if a person dies before exhausting all legal appeals, the case reverts to its earliest state. That means Hernandez will likely have his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd — in addition to the gun charge associated with it — overturned.

“If these convictions are ultimately vacated, will his child and his wife be able to recover either some of the bonus that’s still due to him under the Patriots contract or under any of his pension benefits that the NFL might owe him? It’s a very interesting question,” Coyne said. “If he’s no longer criminally liable, has he violated the provisions of any of his contractual terms? Where there’s money like this involved, the lawyers will have a field day.”

Hernandez has a 4-year-old daughter with his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who took the ex-tight end’s last name after he was convicted of murder.